Globalist Bookshelf

2014 Selections

Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives and Partners
By Ludger Kühnhardt (Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)

Excerpt: Africa as a Global Test Case
Has the time for a new global approach to Africa finally arrived?

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From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia
By Pankaj Mishra (Picador, 2013)

Excerpt: Asia Searches for Its Path to the Future
The example of the Western world offers only very limited guidance to resolve Asian countries’ domestic conflicts.

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Punjabi Parmesan: Dispatches from a Europe in Crisis
By Pallavi Aiyar (Penguin Books India, 2013)

Excerpt: India as an Inspiration for Europe?
What can India teach the EU regarding the key challenges it faces?

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American Exceptionalism: An Experiment in History
By Charles Murray (AEI, 2013)

Excerpt: The End of American Exceptionalism?
America, on the road to become like Europe’s social democracies, is losing its exceptionalism.

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GDP: A Brief, But Affectionate History
By Diane Coyle (Princeton, 2014)

Excerpt: Warfare and the Invention of GDP
Quite contrary to current efforts to reflect happiness, GDP was invented to prepare nations better for warfare.

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Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End to a Stable Pacific
By Robert D. Kaplan (Random House, 2014)

Excerpt: Geopolitics at a Beijing Teahouse
Different worldviews informed by different geographical points of reference.

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The Eternal Nazi, From Mauthausen to Cairo, The Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim
By Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet (Doubleday, 2014)

Excerpt: The Eternal Nazi
Searching for a Nazi war criminal on the streets of Cairo.

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Year Zero, A History of 1945
By Ian Buruma (Penguin Press, 2013)

Excerpt: Bombing Syria, In 1945 and Now
How the world of 2014 is an eerie replay of 1945.

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Breaking New Ground, A Personal History
By Lester R. Brown (W.W. Norton, 2013)

Excerpt: U.S.-India: Dealing With Monsoon Failure
When the U.S. government worked constructively to help a nation in danger.

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The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Good for the West
By Charles Kenny (Basic Books, 2014)

Excerpt: Could Britain’s Past Be America’s Future?
Is the end of empire such a bad thing? Perhaps for the elites, but not for the population at large.

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Globalist Bookshelf selections for 2013